Fore The Love of Family


There is a new Superdad versus Supermom challenge in our house – teaching our tween daughter how to play golf. Some may defer to the more experienced person with the most tournament tags and expensive fancy golf clubs – let’s call him dad.  While others may defer to the most patient person even though her … Continue reading

A Cougar with Benefits


It’s been haunting me for almost 365 days. Everytime I look at a blank wall, I see a gigantic shadowy “5-0” staring back at me. Really, what’s the big deal about turning 50?  Clifford the Big Red Dog, Amelia Bedelia and Denny’s are all blowing out 50 big ones this year. I was just getting … Continue reading

Celebrating 14 Years of Marriage at the Ivory Tower


It’s only appropriate that the traditional wedding anniversary gift for 14 years of marriage is ivory. For this year, we will be celebrating at the office together. Refuge.  Respite.  Asylum.  Escape.  My workplace. I love my job and I love being in the office. It’s quiet, cozy, warmly lit with household table lamps and often … Continue reading

Behold The Superpower of the Father-Daughter Bond


After years of being the top nurturer, playmate, errand co-pilot and snuggler to our little person of Earth, Supermom has been overtaken. The weapon is more powerful than kryptonite or a magic lasso. Few would ever suspect that an unassuming dad who is regularly dressed in a business suit and loafers or a t-shirt and … Continue reading

The Godfather Gardner


“Hey honey, let me show you how much I love you by placing this Deadly Nightshade behind your ear.” That was the message when my better-half made a romantic gesture by putting what he thought was a lilac in my hair.  Only the lilac turned out to be a poisonous weed named Atropa Belladonna from … Continue reading

Flashing the Congregation with Some Hot Cross Buns


“Hey mom, is that your wedding dress?” That’s the question I got this morning from my young daughter who has rarely seen me wear a dress. Quite simply, because I don’t like to wear dresses. Fifty years, a nine-month stint carrying a human being inside of me and several hundred varicose veins later, my pegs … Continue reading

Ditching The Fitch


“I like a woman with some meat on her bones because she knows how to cook and have fun!” While I can’t remember exactly where I heard that quote, I can tell you who didn’t say it – Mike Jeffries, CEO of retailer, Abercrombie & Fitch. It seems yet another clothing store is discriminating against … Continue reading